From fighting comes… philanthropy?
The Battle of Alberta got nasty on Saturday as Oilers forward Zack Kassian and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk traded barbs during Calgary’s 4-3 win over Edmonton.
Oilers’ Zack Kassian to have Monday hearing after altercation with Tkachuk<br><br>More: <a href=”https://t.co/3Xb5r4SInc”>https://t.co/3Xb5r4SInc</a> <a href=”https://t.co/VYcJUsit5E”>pic.twitter.com/VYcJUsit5E</a>
The fallout from the game, which featured some questionable Tkachuk hits before Kassian’s retaliatory attack, included a two-game suspension for the latter and nothing for the former.
An unhappy Kassian later said he has “a long memory” and “that gave me some clarity about what you can do and can’t do now,” in reference to the lack of supplemental discipline against Tkachuk.
Flames fans disagreed, and started a fundraising campaign to place billboards with Tkachuk’s face plastered on them across Edmonton.
When the campaign reached $3,053 in less than 24 hours, surpassing its $2,500 goal, a local radio station stepped in to say it would handle the billboards, and the fundraiser money would now be directed toward ALS research. That GoFundMe page now says it has raised $3,738.
Like Kassian, Oilers fans felt the need to strike back. On Tuesday, Twitter user @SamInYEG posted a donation receipt to the charity Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids “so that kids can get a proper meal and grow up to be tougher than Tkachuk.”
Hey <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oilers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Oilers</a> twitter, I have a challenge for you:<br><br>In response to Flames fans buying a billboard, I’ve decided to donate to one of their local charities in honour of <a href=”https://twitter.com/zkassian9?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@zkassian9</a>! I chose <a href=”https://twitter.com/BrownBaggingIt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@BrownBaggingIt</a> so that kids can get a proper meal and grow up to be tougher than Tkachuk. <a href=”https://t.co/q83tmNeNND”>pic.twitter.com/q83tmNeNND</a>
On Wednesday, @SamInYEG posted an update that Brown Bagging had received 169 donations totalling $6520.88 and over 3,000 lunches — in less than 24 hours.
Her latest Twitter update revealed more than $10,000 had gone to the charity. Dragon’s Den personality W. Brett Wilson also pledged to match donations up to that number, as well as another $5,000 to the Edmonton shelter of @SamInYeg’s choosing.
Combined with the Calgary efforts, that’s nearly $20,000 in donations as a result of a relatively minor skirmish in the Battle of Alberta.
The Flames and Oilers next meet on Jan. 29, when Kassian will have returned from suspension.
this is outstanding. <br><br>Let’s make him pay! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ <a href=”https://t.co/EEmUBBsrYz”>https://t.co/EEmUBBsrYz</a>
Jeff Van Gundy, Ty Lue Emerge As Early Candidates For Clippers – RealGM.com
Jeff Van Gundy and Ty Lue have emerged as the early favorites to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers parted ways with Doc Rivers on Monday.
Lue is also a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans.
Van Gundy is a candidate for Rockets.
Two Canadian players are in the NBA Finals this year | Offside – Daily Hive
And then there were two.
The NBA Finals matchup is now set, with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on LeBron’s old team, the Miami Heat. The Finals tips off on Wednesday, and will include a pair of Canadians.
Heat teammates Kelly Olynyk and Kyle Alexander are both looking to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time. It’s the first time ever that the NBA Finals has featured two Canadians on the same team.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 28, 2020
A 29-year-old Kamloops product, Olynyk went to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 with Boston, but this is his first trip to the NBA Finals. He has been a role player with the Heat during the playoffs, averaging 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game.
Milton, Ontario’s Kyle Alexander has not played in the playoffs yet and is unlikely to make an appearance as a depth player on the Heat’s roster. He’s in his first NBA season following four years at the University of Tennessee.
This is the 10th year in a row that a Canadian has been a part of a team in the Finals, with Olynyk and Alexander following in the footsteps of Chris Boucher (2019), Tristan Thompson (2015-2018), Cory Joseph (2013-2014), and Joel Anthony (2011-2014).
A Canadian player has reached the NBA Finals for 10 years in a row 🇨🇦👏 pic.twitter.com/mg9eMLcfCb
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 28, 2020
A total of six Canadian players have seen playing time during the NBA playoffs this year, most notably from Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray. The Kitchener product leads the NBA playoffs in total points (504), averaging 26.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game en route to the Western Conference Finals.
Canadians featured prominently on the Oklahoma City Thunder, as rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Toronto) averaged 16.3 points per game during the first round, while teammate Luguentz Dort (Montreal) averaged 12.5 points.
Khem Birch (Montreal) also played regular minutes for the Orlando Magic, while Boucher (Montreal) was used sparingly by the Toronto Raptors.
NBA Finals schedule
- Game 1: Wed, Sep 30, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
- Game 2: Fri, Oct 2, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
- Game 3: Sun, Oct 4, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT
- Game 4: Tue, Oct 6, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
- Game 5*: Fri, Oct 9, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
- Game 6*: Sun, Oct 11, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT
- Game 7*: Tue, Oct 13, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers out after seven seasons – Sportsnet.ca
The Los Angeles Clippers have mutually parted ways with head coach Doc Rivers, it was announced Monday.
Rivers’ departure comes after the Clippers blew a 3–1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA playoffs, a result that stupefied many since Los Angeles had been considered one of the true contenders to win the 2020 championship.
Going all in last off-season by signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency and then trading nearly all of their future assets to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George, the Clippers not only set themselves up as a title favourite on paper, but also as a win-now team with a short window to grab gold.
Both Leonard and George will once again be free agents in 2021, meaning that both this season and the next are vital opportunities for the Clippers. While the duo could certainly re-sign with the club when the time comes, there are also no guarantees in sports, and anything could happen between now and then.
In a rather flippant comment following his team’s ousting from the playoffs, George remarked that “I think internally we’ve always felt this is not a championship-or-bust year for us.”
Evidently and understandably, the Clippers’ front office did not agree.
Rivers (who was hired by the Clippers in 2013) now joins a coaching market that has a few signature names, including Mike D’Antoni (formerly with the Houston Rockets), Brett Brown (formerly with the Philadelphia 76ers), and Nate McMillan (formerly with the Indiana Pacers), and could be considered the best of the bunch. It wouldn’t seem all that likely that he’ll be a free agent for long, and has already been contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans and 76ers, according to The Undefeated‘s Marc Spears.
Known as a prolific motivator and leader, Rivers has had many notable accomplishments both on the floor and off of it throughout his coaching career, including leading the Boston Celtics to a championship in 2008 and acting as a guiding voice during the organization’s eventual removal of former owner Donald Sterling.
Among the options for potential replacements, current Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy are reportedly being considered.
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